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Microbes as Biofertilizers, a Potential Approach for Sustainable Crop Production

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Colin Ratledge Center for Microbial Lipids, School of Agricultural Engineering and Food Science, Shandong University of Technology, Zibo 255000, China
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Shanghai Key Laboratory of Regulatory Biology, School of Life Sciences, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200241, China
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Sustainability 2021, 13(4), 1868; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041868
Received: 16 January 2021 / Revised: 3 February 2021 / Accepted: 5 February 2021 / Published: 9 February 2021
Continuous decline of earth’s natural resources and increased use of hazardous chemical fertilizers pose a great concern for the future of agriculture. Biofertilizers are a promising alternative to hazardous chemical fertilizers and are gaining importance for attaining sustainable agriculture. Biofertilizers play a key role in increasing crop yield and maintaining long-term soil fertility, which is essential for meeting global food demand. Microbes can interact with the crop plants and enhance their immunity, growth, and development. Nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, and silica are the essential nutrients required for the proper growth of crops, but these nutrients are naturally present in insolubilized or complex forms. Certain microorganisms render them soluble and make them available to the plants. The potential microbes, their mode of action, along with their effect on crops, are discussed in this review. Biofertilizers, being cost effective, non-toxic, and eco-friendly, serve as a good substitute for expensive and harmful chemical fertilizers. The knowledge gained from this review can help us to understand the importance of microbes in agriculture and the ways to formulate these microbes as biofertilizers for sustainable crop production. View Full-Text
Keywords: biofertilizers; microorganisms; soil fertility; crop productivity; sustainable agriculture; chemical fertilizers biofertilizers; microorganisms; soil fertility; crop productivity; sustainable agriculture; chemical fertilizers
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Nosheen, S.; Ajmal, I.; Song, Y. Microbes as Biofertilizers, a Potential Approach for Sustainable Crop Production. Sustainability 2021, 13, 1868. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041868

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Nosheen, Shaista, Iqra Ajmal, and Yuanda Song. 2021. "Microbes as Biofertilizers, a Potential Approach for Sustainable Crop Production" Sustainability 13, no. 4: 1868. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041868

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